TIERS-LIEU / PARC DES MARQUISATS
Emmanuel Louisgrand (FR)
Parc des Marquisats
On the site of the Marquisats, a project of a third place saw the light of day in 2019 and tightened the links between the different actors on site. Imagined as a place of collaboration where synergies on a local and territorial scale converge, the project aims to become a hub of creative resources and emblematic events for youth in the fields of art and design. By supporting the emergence of new imaginations, practices and cultures, it is a demonstrator of ecological and societal transitions.
The Marquisats Park, between prospecting and transitional terrain
Surrounding the buildings of the ESAAA, the Brise-Glace and the IDEIS residence, the Marquisats park is one of the areas where new forms are invented and converge: thanks to it, the third place is gradually becoming part of a network of actors working both for the dynamism of the territory and for the ecological and societal transition. It proposes to renew our relationship with the living world through a creative workshop with plants, urban agriculture projects, shared gardens, an educational garden, a nourishing forest to be invented…
In the summer of 2022, you will be greeted at the entrance of this park by the SILO: a metal signal, a place of contemplation or meditation, a proposal to settle down and invent transitions. Based on the idea of recycling and resilience, this totem-like object was created as a tribute to the Refuge Tonneau* by Charlotte Perriand and illustrates the reuse and transformation.
The Marquisats experimental garden – making art differently
Between ornamental space, vegetable garden and sculpture park, the Garden of Resistance that Emmanuel Louisgrand, artist and teacher at ESAAA, has been building over the long term with the students, is being transformed with small touches. They have experimented with the cultivation of vines, the planting of rosebushes and tulip bulbs, and have created a water garden with rainwater recovery.
To admire the view of the lake from the garden or to rest above the tennis courts, the students installed several benches that they built during a workshop with professional designers.
Some proposals from students graduating with their DNA and DNSEP degrees in 2022 will also punctuate this space.
The shared garden of the third place
The shared garden of the Marquisats was initiated in April 2020 by members of the staff, residents and volunteers of the three structures of the project: the ESAAA, the Brise-Glace and the residence IDEIS des Marquisats.
Born in 1969 in France, Emmanuel Louisgrand has been interested in public space, gardens and the city in transition since the beginning. After a post-graduate degree in “art and design, landscapes and urban spaces” in 1993 in Rennes, he moved to Saint-Étienne where he developed his artistic research around neglected spaces. Convinced by its potential for experimentation and exhibition, the artist uses the ESAAA garden as a pedagogical tool and conducts with his students a research and a shaping of space and life, while questioning the relationship between nature and culture.